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Explosive Accident on I-16 Leads to the Deaths of Five Georgia Residents – Is Driver Fatigue to Blame?

June 24, 2015

Our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers discuss that Georgia has seen its fair share of tragic accidents occur in the first half of 2015. Just one month after five nursing students were killed in a trucking accident, five additional innocent victims tragically lost their lives after being involved in a trucking accident that occurred on I-16 near Savannah, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

The reason for last month's accident may not be as clear as the reason for the most recent accident. Traffic was at a halt due to construction on I-16 near I-95 in Pooler.  A tractor trailer reportedly then struck three cars and a pickup truck when it failed to stop behind the stopped traffic. The impact of the collision created a chain reaction type of event, as a total of three passenger cars, one pickup truck, and two additional tractor trailers were also impacted. A total of one passenger car and two tractor trailers caught fire, and the entire accident resulted in the deaths of five Georgia residents, ranging in age from 16 to 72. The occupants of two passenger cars were sadly killed, and the truck driver that struck one of the passenger cars survived the accident without any serious injuries.

The truck driver that failed to stop may have fallen asleep at the wheel, creating a very dangerous situation for himself as well as everyone else around him. Most truck drivers are law abiding, careful drivers, but falling asleep at the wheel as well as truck driver fatigue in general, continue to be common causes of trucking accidents.

The Consequences of Truck Driver Fatigue – What's at Risk?

This recent Georgia accident is certainly not the first time innocent individuals have suffered serious injuries and death as a result of a trucking accident involving driver fatigue. Just last year, comedian Tracy Morgan suffered significant injuries and was in critical condition after a sleep-deprived truck driver rear-ended Mr. Morgan's car. A passenger, and good friend of Mr. Morgan's, passed away. The truck-driver had been awake for 24 hours and was arrested following the accident.

Trucking accidents always have the potential to end in tragedy, causing injuries including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Broken/fractured bones;
  • Burns;
  • Soft tissue injuries (i.e., torn muscles, tendons and/or ligaments);
  • Damage to internal organs;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Partial or permanent paralysis;
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
  • Disfigurement;
  • Amputations; and
  • Death.

Every accident is going to present its own set of unique facts and circumstances. While some victims may recover quickly, others have a long road ahead, and may be undergoing rehabilitation for years. In a matter of seconds, a person can go from being perfectly healthy to being permanently injured. Surviving a trucking accident is certainly a miracle; however, injuries are typically long-lasting both physically and emotionally. Those who have been harmed through no fault of their own should be entitled to compensation for their suffering.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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